Whether you are new to wearing dentures or planning to invest in a new set, there have been advancements that make dentures look and feel more natural, and they last longer now too. However, if you want to get the most out of your dentures, you need to be willing to maintain them properly.
The Importance of Denture Care
When it comes to dentures, proper care is crucial to both ensure the appliance lasts and holds its appearance, but also to maintain good oral health. Poorly maintained dentures result in plaque build up in the same way poorly maintained natural teeth do. The risks are the same – when plaque is allowed to build-up, it can cause bad breath, but it can also lead to additional tooth loss and may result in gum disease.
Well-maintained dentures aren’t just good for overall oral health, they are also more comfortable and prevent ongoing maintenance issues.
Common Types of Denture Repairs
- Broken dentures
From drops to weakened materials and improper handling, there are a lot of ways to break or fracture your dentures. If the break is minimal, then a relining may be more than sufficient to address the issue. This involves a resin coating to rebond the fracture that will still reshape itself to your mouth for maximum comfort.
- Loose or ill-fitting dentures
Loose or ill-fitting dentures are uncomfortable, but they can also cause problems with chewing, sores, and other oral health problems. You should pursue denture repair if this is the case, as an adjustment should take care of the issue. In the meantime, you can use an adhesive to relieve some of your discomfort.
- Chipped or cracked denture teeth
If the denture repair is specifically for a chip or cracks in the denture tooth, then there are options available depending on the severity. Like natural teeth, poor maintenance or hard objects can cause cracks, chips, and fractures in teeth. A dental lab repair may be sufficient in the case of minor issues, but in some cases, the only option is a tooth replacement.
- Denture base repairs
Over time, the denture base can warp, shift, and fracture. This occurs for a wide range of reasons, but these issues need to be addressed by a professional dental technician. In some cases, the denture teeth can be removed from the old base and transferred to a brand-new base. This is a common outcome when dentures are dropped.
Preventive Measures For Avoiding Denture Repairs
- Proper denture cleaning and hygiene
Dentures are an investment so, be sure that you handle them with care to avoid damage. You should rinse dentures after every meal, water is more than sufficient to wash away loose food particles. As with natural teeth, you need to brush your dentures regularly. Use toothpaste that is denture-safe; and if your dentures aren’t in your mouth, be sure to soak them in water or an appropriate solution. Proper maintenance will prevent plaque build-up and help you avoid gum inflammation.
- Denture handling and storage
You must keep dentures moist so they keep their shape and always follow the instructions on the products you use. Before you put your dentures back in your mouth, rinse them well with water. Use a safe container to store them safely when necessary, this will help avoid damage from falls. If they feel loose or don’t fit comfortably, visit your dentist.
- Regular dental checkups
One of the most important requirements is regular checkups, so make sure you touch base with your dentist as often as they recommend. Regular checkups will allow your dentist to identify any problems early on and address repairs in a timely manner.
How Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic Can Help
Whether you need emergency denture repairs or you would simply like to book a consultation with our denture clinician, Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic can help. In addition to denture repairs, we also handle denture fabrication in-house. It reduces the waiting period and ensures the highest quality materials and quality of work. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our dentures services or to make an appointment.